There’s no denying the fact that technology has taken an edge over everything else in this era. But what’s also true is that even with the best digital mediums around us, sometimes, killing time and lifting up dull moments can become challenging. After all, you can only binge on Netflix, play PSP, and surf the internet to an extent, right?
But then what’s next? Have we exhausted all modern sources of fun? Well, not exactly!
They say when the road ahead looks bleak, every once a while you must look backward. Holding that saying true, today people have started discovering true fun and entertainment in playing traditional board games with family and friends. Surveys have shown that the craze for board games is increasing among adults in the U.S as well as Australia, with people claiming that such games are helping them boost their mental health while keeping them safe within their homes.
Board games are emerging as a remedy for eyes tired of sticking to digital screens. They’re boosting people’s social skills and offering several other benefits. Chess, cards, miniature games – there’s so much to choose from, and the world is super excited to re-discover this simple and low-cost entertainment medium.
Four benefits of board games we bet you weren’t aware of!
They strengthen family relationships
Before the dawn of digital gaming, children played a lot of board games with their parents and friends. Things were simpler and the connections between people were distinct. With gadgets creeping into our lives, people started becoming lost in their own world of isolated entertainment. Board games help people revive lost connections with children and elderly parents, long-lost friends, and even relatives.
They curb the risk of mental disorders
Isolated entertainment, though highly personalized, often leads to loneliness and associated mental disorders. Playing board games with others makes room for socialization and also boosts confidence. Such games make your brain stronger and also help develop good cognitive skills.
They reduce the risk of ‘Dementia’ in elderly
Dementia, a mental disorder that affects memory and thinking, is quite common among the elderly. One of the best ways to keep dementia patients engaged and boost the development of better focus in them is through board games. Such games are scientifically proven to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment of dementia and other memory-related disorders like Alzheimer's.
They help build immunity
You may think we’re bluffing, but it’s true. How you feel inside determines your health and immunity. The happier, alert, and stress-free you are, the stronger your immune system becomes. And board games surely make you happy, don’t they?
Summing it up
Playing board games undoubtedly comes with many benefits, that too, without harmful side-effects like weakened sight or loneliness. Hence, it's high time you get rid of those mobile phones and tablets and spend your precious time indulging in such healthy gaming.